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#1 of 6 Old 09-20-2007, 05:04 PM - Thread Starter
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My township is offering a class called Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP). From the quick little bit that I read, it sounds like a great, non-punitive parent training class. Has anyone taken it or know anything about it? It doesn't cost anything, but I don't want it to be a waste of time either.

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If it is Thomas Gordon's "Parent Effectiveness Training", yes it is ver respectful of both the parent and child's needs.. Others, I don't know. I believe there are several other "like named" training which are not associated with his research and programs.


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It's not the same thing as P.E.T., though there's a Thomas COBB involved, not Gordon. It sounds kind of sketchy to me, if you read the bottom of this page , sketchy as far as how GD it actually is. It seems to offer a way for parents to punish wihout looking like bad guys?
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If you are refering to the paragraph of punishment fitting the crime it rather does the opposite. It seems rather to let the child own their own problems, in as much it's not something that can acutely endanger them. If you haven't done your homework, you're the one that have to live with the concequences. (And hopefully the parents put their kids in a school that doesn't use punitive discipline.) Removing a kid from a dangerous situation (such as not letting a little kid remain playing outside if s/he can't stay out of the street) might be seen as punishment from the kids POV. After all... s/he was having fun. But I doubt anyone would think a parent horrible for keeping their children safe.
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I read the book. I don't remember thinking much about it, good or bad (so it couldn't have been awful).
It *might* have been a little punitive, but only in "logical consequences" ways, not harsh punishment.

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my mother took these classes years ago. i'm headed to her house in a few minutes. i'll have a looksee.
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